Brigham Young University Honor Code: A Discussion, by York Galland

I always feel pride when I think about my choice to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, for both my Bachelor’s degree and my Master of Business Administration. The school traces its roots to the pioneer days of Utah, when so many settlers worked so hard to eke out a living in a harsh environment that they eventually tamed to create thriving communities that have sustained future generations. Based on the belief that education should combine secular learning with studies of the scripture, the school first opened its doors in 1875 as Brigham Young Academy, a co-educational institution that focused on secondary coursework and opened its doors to all children in the fledgling territory.

Over the ensuing years, the school moved to new facilities, and in 1903, it adopted the name Brigham Young University (BYU). Currently, BYU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in such programs as education, engineering, liberal arts, life sciences, management, and law. Nearly 98 percent of the student body professes membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, although the school welcomes students of all faiths. No matter what their creed, the school requires all students to abide by an honor code. This honor code, which applies to all aspects of students’ lives and not just their activities on campus, mandates that students behave with integrity by submitting their own academic work and not cheating, maintaining a clean-cut appearance, and abstaining from alcohol, drugs, profanity, and extramarital sex.

Although the school did not officially adopt the honor code until 1940, a Domestic Organization composed of teachers visited students in their homes to ensure they lived according to the moral expectations of the school. This honor code has served as the subject of much discussion in recent months due to the decision to ban a BYU athlete from participating in games because of a violation of this oath. I believe that adherence to this code, especially in light of the fact that all students sign the oath and meet yearly with a faculty member to discuss any breaches, serves as a valuable life lesson for all BYU students and alumni like myself.

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As Chief Executive Officer of US Sports, LLC in Provo, Utah, York Galland commands a global health and fitness product firm with offices in the United States and China. Since November 2008, York Galland has proven an integral member of US Sports, LLC, directing the entire range of company operations in his role as CEO. Under York Galland’s stewardship, US Sports, LLC has enjoyed unprecedented expansion and increased visibility through partnerships with several American and international sports legends, including NBA all-stars Josh Smith, Tracy McGrady, and Dennis Scott. At US Sports, LLC, York Galland has employed a number of successful strategies to sell and market its Adult Protein, Power Protein, and Power Burn health products. Prior to his position with US Sports, LLC, York Galland served as Chief Executive Officer for the Kingsley Management Corp in Provo, Utah. From May 1996 to June 2009, York Galland performed as a key player on the executive team at Kingsley Management Corp, where he oversaw the efficient management of his firm’s low-income properties and mobile home communities. During his time with Kingsley Management Corp, York Galland assisted in company growth, with operations in 8 states and an employment roster in excess of 200 individuals. Accomplishing various objectives throughout the course of his tenure at Kingsley Management Corp, York Galland positioned the firm as one of the industry leaders in affordable, low-income property management. York Galland launched his career as a business executive upon completion of his M.B.A. at the Provo, Utah-based Marriott School of Management (Brigham Young University). Finishing at the top of his graduate class, York Galland demonstrated his proficiency as a student and future business executive. York Galland also earned his B.A. in English in 1994 from Brigham Young University, where he took undergraduate coursework in business management and literature.